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SHEW mercy, Lord, to me, for man
would swallow me outright :
against me daily fight.
that hate me spitefully;
against me, O most High.
my trust is in the Lord.
'gainst me, are all for ill. [thoughts 6 They meet, they lurk, they mark my steps, . waiting my soul to kill. i ry But shall they by iniquity
escape thy judgements so ?.
do thou the people throw.
thou know'st, their number took ;
are they not in thy book ? - 9 My foes shall, when I cry, turn back,"
I know't, God is for me.
in God shall praised be.
what man can do to me.
I'll render praise to thee. 13 Wilt thou not, who from death me sawd,
my feet from falls keep free,
To walk before God in the light
of those that living be ?
: PSALM LVII. Fo the chief Musician, AL-TASCHITH, MICHYAM of Da
vid, when he fled from Saul in the cave. This Psalm was penned by David, when he fled from Saul in the cave; I Sam. xxiy. And contains, (1) David's earnest betaking of himself to God, upon whom all his dependence was fixed ; towards whom all his desires were bent ; and from whom only he expected relief; for mercy amidst his great troubles ; ver. 1, 2. (2) His complaints of the cruelty, malice, and calumnious deceit of his inveterate enemies; ver. 3, 4, 6. (3) His believing triumph in God; in which he prepares himself for praising God; excites himself to it; delights himself in it; and furnisheth himself with matter for it; ver. 7 10. (4) Conscious of his own inability to praise God enough, he leaves it on God, to exalt and glorify hiin. self; ver. 5-ll.
While I sing, let me cry loud for mercy ; let me lay my spiritual and temporal adversities before the Lord ; and let me triumph in the God of my salvation; and em. ploy hien to glorify his name in all the earth. DE merciful to me, O God, D thy mercy unto me Do thou extend ; because my soul
doth put her trust in thee :
my refuge I will place, Until these sad calamities
do wholly overpass.
unto the Lord most High :
perform most perfectly. 3 From Heav'n he shall send down, and me
from his reproach defend
That would devour me : God his truth
and mercy forth shall send. 4 My soul among fierce lions is,
I fire-brands live among : Men's sons, whose teeth are spears and darts,
a sharp sword is their tongue. 5 Be thou exalted very high
above the heav'ns 0 God; Let thou thy glory be advanc'd
, o'er all the earth abroad. 6 My soul's bow'd down : for they a net
have laid, niy steps to snare: Into the pit which they have digg'd
for me, they fallen are. ng My heart is fix'd, my heart is fix'd,
O God I'll sing and praise, 8 My glory, wake; wake psaltry, harp,
myself I'll early raise. 9 I'll praise thee 'mong the people, Lord,
'mong nations sing will I. . 10 For great to Heav'n thy mercy
thy truth is to the sky.
above the heav'ns to stand
- DAVID. This Psalın was probably composed by David, when Saul carried on some kind of legal prosecution against him, which is not mentioned in the history of his reign. Here, (1) He describes the corruption of these judgeg?
government, in neglecting to do justice, and in readiness to do injustice; and the corruption of their nature, with malice, falsehood and obstinate untractableness ; 1-5. (2) He prays that God would disable them to perpetrate mischief ; would defeat their projects, and weaken their influence; ver. 6–8. (3) He predicts their ruin, as cal. culated to promote the comfort of the godly, and the conviction of sinners.
While I sing, let me search out my corruptions, and. bewail my obstinate refusals of Jesus Christ, and the counsels of his word. Let me dread the speedy but awful vengeance of God, if I regard iniquity in my heart, or indulge it in my life.
N O ye, O congregation,
indeed speak righteousness? 0 ye that are the sons of men,
judge ye with uprightness ? 2 Yea, ev'n within your very hearts
ye wickedness have done ; And ye the vi’lence of your hands,
do weigh the earth upon.
ev’n from the very womb;
as to the world they come. 4. Unto a serpent's poison like
their poison doth appear;
that closely stops her ear;
of one that charm her would, No, not though he most cunning were,
and charm most wisely could. 8 Their teeth, O God, within their mouth
break thou in pieces small :
The great teeth break thou out, O Lord,
of these young lions all. 7 Let them like waters melt away,
which downward still do flow : In pieces cut his arrows all,
when he shall bend his bow. 8 Like to a snail that melts away,
let each of them be gone :
they never see the sun.
your pots the thorns can find, Both living, and in fury great,
as with a stormy wind. 10 The righteous, when he vengeance sees,
' he shall be joyful then ; The rightequs one shall wash his feet.
in blood of wicked men.
reward shall never miss ;
10 The with a sind in tus can find
To the chief Musician AL-TASCHITH. MICHYAM of Da
vid, when SAUL sent and they watched the house to kill him.
This Psalm was penned by David, when Saul sent messengers to watch his house in order to kill him ; I Sam. xix. In it, as in the seven immediate preceding, we bave, (1) David's bitter complaints of his enemies, as wicked, barbarous, malicious, and atheistical ; ver, I 7.(2) His predictory prayers that God would expose these enemies to contempt and derision; make them standing monuments of his just indignation ; deal with